BCMG Harpist Céline Saout

Céline Saout

Harp

Céline was born in Paris and started playing the harp when she was 8. She studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with honours. She performed her first concerto when she was 12 and has since won many prizes including 1st prize in the European UFAM competition. In 2011 Céline was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Céline’s interest in modern music brings her to perform and premiere the works of living composers with various ensembles, in addition to appearing on recordings with bands such as Divine Comedy and Incognito. As an orchestral harpist Céline has been playing with Northern Ballet since 2007 and is also a regular guest with CBSO, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Opera North and RPO.

Céline has been playing with BCMG since 2004. She has premiered numerous works including a trio for flute viola and harp by Johannes Maria Staud. The trio was performed at the Aldeburgh festival as well as in several venues on BCMG rural and urban tours, bringing contemporary music to a broad audience.

Passionate about inspiring younger generations, Céline takes part in many education workshops for children and student composers. Céline has performed in concerts throughout Europe, New York and the Far East at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell room, St James Palace and the Lincoln Center.

Working with BCMG is always serious and to the highest standard but for Céline it never really feels like Work. Amongst her many favourite memories of working with BCMG are – dressing up in full costume and make up for David Sawer’s Rumpelstiltskin, and collaborating with actors for a concert at mac, Birmingham (the audience was laughing out loud so much – it’s not very often you hear people laughing during contemporary music concerts).